Energy Efficiency Breaks

Credits for being Green are being offered by the federal government which could be even more useful for the average homeowner, than the 1st time home buyer credit.  You may be eligible for a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of materials (up to $1,500) for certain products purchased between January 1, 2009 and December 31st, 2010.

Below are the rating specifications for eligible energy efficiency products:

Product Category

Product Type

Tax Credit Specification



Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments

Windows & Doors

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Before June 1, 2009:
Must meet ENERGY STAR criteria

After June 1, 2009:
U factor <= 0.30

SHGC <= 0.30

Storm Windows & Storm Doors

In combination with the exterior window over which it is installed:

1.     has a U-factor and SHGC of 0.30 or below

2.     Meets the IECC


Metal Roofs,
Asphalt Roofs

All ENERGY STAR qualified metal and reflective asphalt shingles


Central A/C

Split Systems:
SEER >= 16, EER >=13

Package systems:
SEER >= 14, EER >= 12

Air Source Heat Pumps

Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5, EER >= 12.5, SEER >= 15

Package systems:
HSPF >= 8, EER >= 12, SEER >= 14

Natural Gas or Propane Furnace

AFUE >= 95

Oil Furnace

AFUE >= 90

Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler

AFUE >= 90

Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan

No more than 2% of furnace total energy use.

Water Heaters

Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heater

Energy Factor >= 0.82
or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Same criteria as ENERGY STAR: Energy Factor >= 2.0

Biomass Stove

Biomass Stove

Stove which burns biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water.

Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75% as measured using a lower heating value.

Extended Opportunities: The following upgrades are eligible for a 30% of cost tac credit (without an upper limit) if placed into service before December 31st, 2016:

Geo-Thermal Heat Pump

Geo-Thermal Heat Pump

Same criteria as ENERGY STAR:

Closed Loop:
EER >= 14.1, COP >= 3.3

Open Loop:
EER >= 16.2, COP >= 3.6

Direct Expansion:
EER >= 15, COP >= 3.5

Solar Energy Systems

Solar Water Heating

At least half of the energy generated by the ?qualifying property? must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.

The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.

The water must be used in the dwelling.

The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

Photovoltaic Systems

Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

Small Wind Energy Systems

Residential Small Wind Turbines

Has nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts.

Fuel Cells

Residential Fuel Cell and microturbine system

Efficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.